General Sinas May Stay in His Post Amid PH Battle Against COVID-19

NCRPO Chief Sinas May Stay in Position Amid Public Health Crisis

National Capital Region Police Officer (NCRPO) chief PMGen Debold Sinas may stay at his position while the country is dealing with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Sinas May Stay

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Brig, Gen. Bernard Banac on Friday, said Sinas may stay on position even after the charges have been filed against him for violating quarantine protocols during his mañanita celebration last May 8.

“Once the charges are filed and it is found there is probable cause, the top management of the PNP may exercise options of administrative leave, relieving of officials,” Banac said in an interview over CNN Philippines.

“But there is also a possibility that they may stay for the reason that we are in this public health emergency and we may not have to change top executives,” he added.

Banac stressed, “We don’t have to change horses in the middle of this fight against COVID-19.” Police officials who are also involved in the birthday party of Sinas cannot be relieved, he added, based on the report of Manila Bulletin.

“In so far as the management of the PNP, there are options that may be considered, one is to relieve and the other is to let the officers stay for the reason we are in the middle of a fight against COVID-19,” he said.

A criminal case is set to be filed tomorrow against the Metro Manila’s chief of police along with senior police officials who attended the birthday gathering last May 8, during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Meanwhile, the PNP spokesman assured “the PNP is sensitive to the public opinion and all the criticisms and that is why PNP chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa immediately ordered for an investigation on the gathering.”

Banac also said participants could face charges for non-cooperation in violation of Republic Act 1132, the Mandatory Reporting of Pandemic and Health Events, and they could also be charged for violating RA 6713, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees.

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